White, Smith a cut above today's great pass-rushers

Contemporary pass-rushing specialists such as Seattle's Patrick Kerney, the Giants' Michael Strahan and Kansas City's Jared Allen (39 combined sacks in 2007) have the ability to thrive in almost any era. Getty Images

Former NFL defensive end Chuck Smith contends that today's pass-rushers lack the technical pass-rushing skills of their 1990s counterparts. After hearing this, my first thought was to wonder how today's elite sack masters compare with the best of the previous decade.

I happen to have some film from the 1990s, so I decided to see how the best pass-rushers of 2007 compare with the best rushers of the '90s.